GE begins assiduity’s first adaptive cycle machine tests at Arnold Engineering Development Complex

GE begins assiduity’s first adaptive cycle machine tests at Arnold Engineering Development Complex

TheU.S. Air Force and GE on March 25th initiated Phase 2 testing of GE’s alternate XA100 adaptive cycle machine at the Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC). This corner marks the first test of an Adaptive Machine Transition Program (AETP) machine at AEDC.
“ AEDC’s advanced testing installations are a unique public asset. We ’re thrilled to begin testing then and continue growing this propulsion system that we believe represents the future of the F-35,” said David Tweedie, GE Edison Works’ general director for Advanced Combat Machines. “ Our testing to date has validated the XA100’s transformational capability, and we ’re looking forward to seeing the performance data from Phase 2 testing.”

GE completed Phase 1 testing of this XA100 test machine in November 2021 in Evendale, Ohio. Phase 2 testing will take place entirely at AEDC, representing the culmination of AETP and signaling readiness to transition this technology into full-scale development.
GE’s XA100 came the world’s first ever flight- weight, three- sluice adaptive cycle machine in December 2020 before initiating tests on its alternate machine in August 2021. GE’s machine is uniquely designed to fit both the F-35A and F-35C without any structural variations to either airframe, enabling better aircraft range, acceleration, and cooling power to accommodate coming- generation charge systems, while also icing continuity and enhanced readiness.

“ The XA100 contemporaneously provides transformational advancements in energy effectiveness, thrust, power, and thermal operation that simply can not be matched by heritage propulsion systems,” Tweedie added. “ These advancements will help insure the F-35 remains a preeminent fighter platform not just in the near- term, but for decades into the future, and will enable lower functional and sustainment costs for the services.”
The XA100 combines three crucial inventions to deliver a generational change in combat propulsion performance

An adaptive machine cycle that provides both a high-thrust mode for maximum power and a high- effectiveness mode for optimum energy savings and crawl time
A third- sluice armature that provides a step- change in thermal operation capability, enabling unborn charge systems for increased combat effectiveness
. Expansive use of advanced element technologies, including ceramic matrix mixes (CMC), polymer matrix mixes (PMC), and cumulative manufacturing
. These revolutionary inventions increase thrust further than 10, ameliorate energy effectiveness by 25, and give significantly further aircraft heat dispersion capacity, all within the same physical envelope as current propulsion systems. The XA100’s advanced energy effectiveness provides significant reduction in carbon emigrations and will operate on anyU.S. Air Force-approved Sustainable Aviation Energy.

The XA100 is a product of GE Edison Works, a business unit devoted to the exploration, development, and product of advanced military results. This business unit has full responsibility for strategy, invention, and prosecution of advanced programs.

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